ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM) - In his first week on the job as interim police chief, Mark Simmons says this violence will not stand.
“It’s unacceptable and it will not be tolerated in our city," he said Friday.
24-year-old Markwaun Williams and 26-year-old Justin Siler died following a shooting on Wilkins Street Thursday afternoon. That same night, police were also called to a double shooting near Genesee Street - and a 17-year-old shot on Weeger street. All of this happening within a four-hour span.
Simmons says, for now, there is no known connection between the shootings, but they are adding more police cars and foot patrols to those neighborhoods.
“We will not rest until we see that justice is served," he says.
Those who live nearby fear the violence will continue. One woman who lives on Wilkins street says she's worried for her own safety. She did not want to be identified.
“You’ve got to be careful how you walk around this area," she says. “It’s scary. It could have been one of my family members walking down the street.”
Rochester's Mayor Lovely Warren made a plea on Facebook: "We have to find another way to resolve disputes. The pain caused to our city, family, and friends that lost their loved ones is not worth it."
Chief Simmons agrees and has a clear message for the people committing these crimes:
“RPD will be coming for you," he said. "This will not stand. Families should not have to live in fear and duck when they hear gun shots on their street.”